"It is impossible to know when exactly a student learns about the Constitution and the basic workings of the three branches of the federal government. But surely it has to be some time before a student earns her doctorate, especially in political science.I used to think such a story would be hard to believe. Not any more.
But considering Mrs. Roberts' Monday op-ed in the Charlotte Observer on the flag-burning amendment (which was recently defeated in the Senate) that might not be the case.
Following the Supreme Court's 1989 decision upholding one's right to burn the flag, she writes, 'Congress passed the Flag Protection Act just months after the ruling. Wasting no time, the Supreme Court ruled that the Flag Protection Act was inconsistent with First Amendment freedoms and thus unconstitutional.'
Then she says, 'It seems unlikely that the Supreme Court would now uphold an amendment prohibiting flag burning, even with the change in the court's composition.'
For those who don't have a junior high degree, the Supreme Court can't overturn constitutional amendments. Mind you, 'Dr.' Roberts is an associate professor of political science at Davidson College — arguably one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
Saturday, July 01, 2006